Category: Opinion

OPC Test

Seasoned plein air painters & novice artists who love the great outdoors. Groups of friends looking for a creative activity & families celebrating spring a painting picnic. You are all invited to the 8th annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge on... Read More

Inspire & Renew with Experimentation

With the coming of the fresh new year, it’s the perfect time to experiment and explore with new media, techniques, and subjects. Let’s take a look at how you can freshen up your work! Four Mixed Media Artists’ Thoughts on... Read More

Planning Your Day: Tips and Tricks for Exploring Outdoors

Murray Phillips in the Opus Video,A Conversation with My Canvas You’ve put together the perfect painting kit or packed a pencil case with just the right materials – you’re ready to take your art outside! Not so fast. Taking a little time... Read More

Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Whether you’re shopping for the seasoned artist or a new creative enthusiast, we’re here to help! Find great gifts for painters, sketchers, sculptors and more, and ease your last minute shopping with fun and inspiring ideas for all the creative... Read More

An Art Market Frame of Mind

The season of giving is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to share your work at a local art market. Below, we’ve assembled a myriad of ideas to help boost your success. Even if you’re a seasoned... Read More

The Ceremony of Parting

“And how do people perform that ceremony of parting, Jane?”, Mr. Rochester asks Jayne in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. Saying a permanent goodbye, like other major life changes, is a dynamic renewal to some and anathema to others. Creative... Read More

Vancouver Artist’s Copyright Stolen – Again

My friend Lilian Broca is an artist living here, where I do, in Vancouver. She is being horribly “ripped off” right now and you will be amazed at who is doing the stealing — a very high-end fashion house. Over... Read More

Framing It Up For 2014

The right frame is the finishing touch to your artwork, complimenting both the art and the space where it will hang. Like other areas of design and décor, there are distinct trends in framing. Whether you’re preparing your art for... Read More

New Year’s Potpourri

NEW WIKIPEDIA TOOL There’s an interesting new tool for artists on Wikipedia called DIY Budget Gallery. Select “Index” in the Navigation menu to get an overview of the site’s resources. This site has been developed in an American context but... Read More

Using Your Portrait Online

Has someone once approached you who knows you and is very happy to see you and you recognize their face but you can’t remember their name? Or have you been in a conversation wherein you want to reference someone but... Read More

Digital Printing At Home

Take your photos beyond the JPEG with Fine Art digital papers – at home! Whether you use a DSLR, a point and shoot, or your mobile phone’s camera, you’ve likely taken photos that have only been seen on a display... Read More

Opus Donations Drive 2013: Share the Gift of Creativity!

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community and there’s no better time to do so than in this season of giving! Now in its 14th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations,... Read More

4 Reasons to Go to The Eastside Culture Crawl

The Crawl is coming, and there are so many reasons to go! 1. Support your fellow visual art creators. There are many ways to support The Crawl and its participating artists. a. Go to buy your holiday presents. The Crawl... Read More

Getting it Right; Getting Rights

Publicity 1 Recently, I was asked to consult with a local visual artist who presented similarly to many other artists with whom I consult: They feign an interest in improving their business practices but reject all advice. What this person... Read More

Context

A long time ago, while I was working at a local theatre company, the artistic director told us he had finally cast a role that was difficult to fill. He had found a singer who was performing in a bar... Read More

How to Lose Business

I am changing names to protect the innocent – this particular innocent is a very talented, polite and charming person. He wrote to me this week asking me to promote a web hosting service for artists. His proposal impressed me.... Read More

Artists Must Multi-Task

What do you think it takes to become a successful artist? Most people think it requires a vivid imagination plus excellence with composition and colour theory as well as the appropriate technical skills, but a truly successful visual arts career... Read More

Two Ways To Get A Show

Method #1 Teaching at Emily Carr University exposes me to many artists beginning their visual art careers and a great many of them are very interested in being shown in either a public or private gallery. Consequently it seemed wise... Read More

Making (New Years) Resolutions Work

February is notorious for “resolution failure,” just ask any gym, weight-loss program, or smoking cessation program staff. That makes this the perfect time to consider how to make your resolutions successful. If you are a regular reader of this column,... Read More

Some Winter Observations

In December, this column discussed the importance of narrative to customers when they buy art. Thank you to everyone who wrote to me about that article, and because so many of you wrote in agreement, I would like to provide... Read More

Pledging

Pledge. It’s an old word it seems, one you rarely hear anymore. The word has diverse applications but most of us understand it to mean a promise to do, or not to do, something. Simple pledges between friends function as... Read More

What Art Customers Want

I saw some brilliant art marketing while in Montreal this summer. The artist had a show in a small gallery with decidedly different and highly popular documentation. These are the essential components of how we document each work of visual... Read More

Success and Flowers

I began teaching in Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design shortly after my book, Artist Survival Skills, came out. I had picked up a Continuing Studies calendar to see if there was a course I might... Read More

Don’t be an Artist

Do you, or have you ever, called yourself “an artist?” This title, which I once coveted, is now anathema to me. I remember when I was young wanting so very badly to be able to say legitimately that I was... Read More

Tips For Summer Art Fairs

An email from Betty C. asks: “My gallery sales are down and I’ve been wondering about doing something I have never wanted to do: participate in a local art ‘festival’ for lack of a better word. It is part sale,... Read More

Focus and Passion (and a New Name)

There’s nothing like a good story, and the story about the change of my name at the bottom of this article is a great one. Why I have done this is now a script that is to be produced in... Read More

Selling Emotions, Not Art

A great way to become a better seller of artwork is to go through a challenging purchase in full consciousness, so I like to assign my students the hypothetical challenge of selecting a domestic product that they have never owned... Read More

Fact-Informed Visual Art Marketing

An arts service organization that I admire is MyArtClub.Com. In 2008, its founders, Cam Anderson and Peter Newell, designed a survey to gather some consumer and sales information about the Metro Vancouver art market. The publication, Canadian Fine Art Market... Read More

Art Prices & Hard Times

What establishes the value of artwork, especially the ones that demand incredibly high prices, and how many artists are making “the big bucks?” These questions intrigue me, so I found press reports about some recent events in the art market... Read More

The Yin and Yang of the Artist’s Ego

It’s hard to know who is learning more in CEPD 190, the Professional Studies course offered in Emily Carr University’s Continuing Studies program – the teacher (me) or the students. Having completed three years and nine terms of teaching, I have learned... Read More